I'm not really sure what made me think to type this. I'm not even 100% if this is even going to make sense to anyone other than me, but I will give it a shot.
In Matthew 6:2-3 Jesus says:
"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogue's and in the streets to be honored by men, I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. but when you give to the needy do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doingWhen I read this I strive to do things not for my, or other humans satisfaction, but for Gods. It is very hard to do. You want that NOW acknowledgement. If you give to a charity through Publix or some other organization you want your name to be written on that little glove, or train or whatever they use to acknowledge your good deed-right?? Sure, we all do. Its the same thing that causes us to get upset when we let someone over into our lane, and they don't wave to us in thanks. We want our good deeds ACKNOWLEDGED. Do you see a key word in this blog? ACKNOWLEDGE
ac·knowl·edge Pronunciation: \ik-ˈnä-lij, ak-\Function: transitive verbInflected Form(s): ac·knowl·edged; ac·knowl·edg·ingEtymology: ac- (as in accord) + knowledgeDate: 15th century1: to recognize the rights, authority, or status of2: to disclose knowledge of or agreement with3 a: to express gratitude or obligation for <acknowledge a gift> b: to take notice of acknowledge my greeting> c: to make known the receipt of <acknowledge a letter>4: to recognize as genuine or valid <acknowledge a debt>
I used to feel this way-occasionally I still do. like I said-everyone wants their acknowledgement but would you prefer the acknowledgement of humans here on earth- or your father in Heaven. I think I will take the later.
It is very hard though because every time you give to a charity-they want to acknowledge you. Some may in fact tell you its impossible not to have any acknowledgement. I disagree. there are plenty of ways to do it secretly.
Funny that I am blogging about this now. I was just watching the real world(Yes, I actually watch it :-P) and one of the roommates gave another $15,000 so that she could stay in Brooklyn. would he have done this had no one else known? If he was not on TV??
Something to think about.....